THE 400

No, it’s  not a title  for a movie.

The  Sports Diva  has reached a milestone   and wasn’t  really aware of  it.

Even  though 30 Plus  Teams ,  30 Plus  Dreams  is about what to do  in a city after you’ve  been  to that baseball ,  hockey ,  football ,  or basketball  game, there hadn’t  been  any 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  anywhere to go to ,  thanks to you know  what .

Instead, it has been lots of  public transportation  rides somewhere in New York  City .

One thing hasn’t  changed though.

Many of  you are still interested  in  my little  old story, and a lot of you have joined along the way.FB_IMG_1596242970760FB_IMG_1596242940958

Many of you have been with me through my travel quotes, my visits to some sporting event, and you still want to know what’s  in my suitcase .

400 plus people want to know this and for that, I  am  very grateful  and extremely  blessed that you find my posts entertaining .

Even though there  is  no  airline  travel or travel to sporting events, (no fans but there are sports, people  ), I’m  going to keep on giving you the best posts that I  can.

I hope that you’ll  continue going on this blogging journey with me .

Thank you for liking my  little  story.

God bless  you ,  the Sports  Diva  FB_IMG_1596243018293

 

NOVEMBER TRAVEL QUOTES

In two days or more, we will be in month number 12, December.

It’s starting to get really cold in some parts of the world, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing your own 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere, just as the Sports Diva is doing right now.

I’m on a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Washington DC right about now and it’s supposed to snow as I write this post.

What about you?

Have you travelled anywhere yet? Or thinking about it?

Don’t let the weather stop you.

Get out there and do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere, even if it’s in your own city or neighborhood.

Let these quotes inspire you.

PICTURES OF THE WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL PART 1

This memorial, which is located on Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the White House, is one that many people don’t know about.

As many 30 Plus Teams Tours of Washington DC that I’ve done, I wasn’t aware of this memorial.

It’s not as well known as the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall, but it’s just as moving, maybe even more so.

The post will be in two parts so that you can see just how beautiful this memorial is.

ANOTHER MEMORIAL TO VISIT IN DC

After I fixed my suitcase problem, it was time to head on down to my next 30 Plus Teams Tour, Washington DC.

Since I got in late on that Tuesday before Thanksgiving here in the United States, I decided to start my sightseeing on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve.

I wanted to see a new memorial that I had heard about but didn’t get to see in August, the Dwight David Eisenhower Memorial.

Like many of the memorials and monuments in town, this one is located on the National Mall.

But once I got off the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, I couldn’t find it.

I saw the National Space Museum and the Museum of the American Indian but no Eisenhower Memorial.

I even saw those two buildings that seem to dominate the skyline of the city, the Washington Monument and the United States Capitol Building, but no sign of the Eisenhower Memorial.

I really wanted to see this one as he wasn’t only a general in World War II, but he was the president the year I was born.

(Yeah the Sports Diva is old, don’t judge peeps!)

Because I was hungry and tired after all that walking, I decided to just wait until “Black Friday” and try it again.

Braving temperatures of 29 degrees Fahrenheit but feeling colder, I decided to try it again, this time with address in hand.

As I got off the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station, and followed Independence Avenue, I once again saw the National Space Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian, but this time I saw statues.

One of which I had seen in my American History books.

I was at the memorial finally and it was right next door to the Space Museum.

So how did I miss this?

Right in front is a statue of a young farm boy just gazing into the horizon.

It’s the future president as a young boy growing up in Abilene, Kansas.

The memorial not only shows him as president, but talking to his troops in World War II.

This is the picture I remember from American History class, and I was glad I was able to see this memorial up close and personal.

SUITCASE PROBLEM SOLVED BUT WHERE IS THE SPORTS DIVA GOING?

I finally solved my “packing problem” before I went to bed, and right before watching the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hey the Sports Diva has her priorities, packing or no packing, take a back seat, travel problems.

I took a suitcase that I should have packed in the first place .

I wouldn’t have been so “stressed out” like I’m watching the Seventh game of the World Series or the Stanley Cup Finals.

It was my old reliable suitcase that my sister in law gave me and one that I’ve taken on trips before.

My sister in law knows that the Sports Diva can never have enough luggage, so rather than her giving them away or throwing away, she calls me up and says, “I’ve got a suitcase you might like.”

Plus this suitcase is perfect for a “fashionista” like me.

It fit everything.

No worries.

Now I can sit back with my Starbucks Vanilla Latte, cold cuts and pretzels and relax before I get to Washington DC.

SUITCASE PRESSURE

I know I just did my post on what’s in my suitcase, but now I’m feeling something that I never felt in fifty million years of doing 30 Plus Teams Tour of anywhere, even when I didn’t know what a 30 Plus Teams Tour was.

I have packed and repacked so many times that it’s not even funny.

Did I mention that I leave in less than 24 hours and STILL haven’t packed yet?

So what’s the issue?

I have so many winter clothes that it makes my bags heavy as an elephant..

Now I’ve traveled before when it’s cold but this year the weather is, pardon my expression, basically on some split personality trip.

We aren’t even in winter yet but places are having frost warnings all ready, including the place I’m going to.

I guess by the time I go to bed, I’ll have figured this little travel pressure problem out.

WHAT’S IN MY SUITCASE?

It’s that time again .

The Sportsdiva is going somewhere.

I’m going to be away from, God willing November 23-29, six days of all sorts of shenanigans.

Thanksgiving is coming up on the 25th, a time where you get together with friends and family , watch lots of football and eat a lot of food from morning until night, or at least that’s what we’ve ALWAYS done in my family.

Eat like crazy but leave enough room for dessert.

Where am I going on this 30 Plus Teams Tour?

As usual, you have to wait, but feel free to guess where the Sports Diva is going this time.

Let’s just say it’s gonna be really cold and I might not do any walking at all.

Don’t judge me, yeah I’m taking 3 bags. I’m going shopping and might buy another one or two.
It’s gonna to get cold so I’ll need some gloves
There’s gonna be lots of football watching so gotta wear my New England Patriots jersey
My carry on bag and my suitcase
My jacket/coat.
My second coat. Told you it was going to be cold where I’m going.
My red dress and a belt to go with it
3 pairs of leggings, black, red and blue
Can’t do without my packing cubes
Gotta bring the kids. Aaron J and Gleyber
2 Sweaters, and a vest. Coldness but I’m here for it
A shirt and a white vest underneath
Sneakers, booties and my warm comfy boots

That’s what going in my suitcase and as usual, all of this either won’t be taken or worn, but as cold as it’s going to be where I’m going, I might need ALL of these.

OCTOBER TRAVEL QUOTES

Can you believe that in a couple of days we’ll be in month number 11, November, which means not only Thanksgiving time here in the United States but closer and closer to the Christmas holidays and the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one.

Where did 2021 go to so quickly? (Too quickly if you ask the Sports Diva!)

The weather is getting cooler in some parts of the world, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere, even your own city or neighborhood.

In spite of what you’ve heard, staycastions and day trips aren’t bad at all.

So let these quotes inspire you to go out and or go away and do you own 30 Plus Teams Tour.

GETTING THAT BOOSTER SHOT

The last time I got my second dose of the Pfizer Coronavirus vaccine was in March.

Now I’m sorry, I’m not going to get into the tired debate of  should you get the vaccine or not to get it, even though here in the city of New York, you either get it or you don’t get work.

This isn’t what this post is all about.

I just know that at 68 years old, I have to get a booster shot because I had the Pfizer shot more than 6 months ago.

Now even though this is the greatest time of the year for the Sports Diva, (that’s hockey season in case you didn’t know), I kept putting off getting the booster shot even though I was eligible to get it when it was first available to New Yorkers over 65  around 25 September.

Last week, I made an appointment at my local Walgreens, which is a drug score located all over the United States, no matter what state you live in.

My appointment was today, October 13th, around 11:45am.

As with the other two shots that I received, I brought the necessary papers, New York state ID, Medicare card for those over 65, and the most important thing here in New York, my vaccination card.

As for the side effects, not going to lie and say that I had none.

My arm was sore, and a few hours later, it still is but Tylenol is my best friend right about now.

I can deal with the soreness in my arm from a vaccine, compared to what the alternative would be.

RIDING ON THE NEW JERSEY TRANSIT

When I go to a New Jersey Devils hockey game like I did last night, October 1st, I normally take the New York City subway, F train from Queens to 33rd or 23rd street and take the PATH train to Penn Station in Newark, New Jersey, which is across the street from Prudential Center.

This time, I tried something different.

I took a Long Island Railroad train from my station, Locust Manor to the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station in New York and took a train that I haven’t taken in years.

It was a New Jersey Transit train and the final stop for me was Penn Station in Newark.

The train is cheaper than taking the PATH train and it’s faster.

I was able to get a senior rate, something that I really don’t get on the PATH Train.

It was $2.45 each way and as I said it’s faster.

Roughly 15-20 minutes from New York Penn Station to Newark Penn Station, with a stop in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The PATH train takes about an hour, making many stops in New York City on the way to Journal Square in Jersey City.

After that, you have to change and take the train to Newark, with a stop in Harrison, New Jersey before you even get to Newark.

Don’t need to tell you how tiring that is.

Plus it’s $2.75 each way, without a senior rate.

It stops at the same place as the New Jersey Transit train does, but whereas the PATH train’s final stop is Newark, the New Jersey Transit train’s final stop could be ANYWHERE in New Jersey or even Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Both trains stop at tracks next to each other, so don’t get confused.

Now that I have a new and faster way to do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of the place they call, “The Garden State”, I’m surely going to take advantage of it.

SEPTEMBER TRAVEL QUOTES

Can you believe that in a couple of days we’ll be in month number 10, October?

2021 is going way too fast for the Sports Diva, but what can you do?

The older you get, the faster the time goes it seems.

We’re all ready in the Autumn season, one of my favorite times of the year.

The summer clothes have been put away and out come the sweaters, long pants, boots and being the Sports Diva, you just KNOW that my hockey and football jerseys are making an appearance as well.

Now just because it’s gotten cooler doesn’t mean that you can’t do a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere.

Don’t let those falling leaves stop you.

This is a great time of year to be doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour, even if it’s in your own city.

Just do it, boo and let these quotes inspire you.